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An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey's Dolly to the Americanization of Carmen as Carmen Jones.

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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:12pm

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:10pm

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:31am

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis-infused Italian food with love.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:28pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:17pm

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.

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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:17pm

The Japanese Christmas Cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

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India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:33pm

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Hanukkah Lights 2014

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:13pm

Join Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz for new original tales for the season from authors Theodore Bikel, Anne Burt and more.

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Playlist: I Never Knew That!

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:13pm

TED Radio Hour stories that will stay with you long after you listen.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says He Had Good Timing, But Little Else

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:04pm

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV Of 2014

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:53am

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says any Top Ten list says as much about the critic as the shows they are picking.

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Yes, 'Serial' Is True Crime — And That's OK

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:05am

Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.

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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamon

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:22am

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian émigré is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:50pm

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.

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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:46pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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How To Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

Given recent stories about violence against college women, what should parents say to college-age sons? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with author Rosalind Wiseman about guiding boys through adolescence.

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Sandwich Monday: The Hanukkah Miracle

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, guest eater Dan Pashman shares with us a creation that members of every faith can enjoy. It's a latke-donut sandwich called the Hanukkah Miracle.

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